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Can You Get a Contact High From Meth?

National Meth Awareness Day

Some chemicals have gained recognition for their potentially wide-ranging impacts as the discussion surrounding drug use and its repercussions progresses. Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is one of them and is a powerful stimulant that arouses both curiosity and concern. While direct inhalation of meth fumes has been linked to serious health hazards, a more puzzling question remains: can you get a contact high from meth? Learn more about the dangers of drug exposure with Banyan Treatment Centers Pompano.

Getting a Meth Contact High - Is It Possible?

A true contact high from meth exposure is unlikely. Contact high refers to the notion that people can become high only by being around someone using the substance without actually ingesting it themselves. Methamphetamine acts very differently than some compounds that might provide psychoactive effects by passive inhalation of smoke or vapors. The drug's psychoactive effects are mainly caused by its capacity to raise dopamine levels in the brain, which results in strong feelings of euphoria and increased vigor. When the substance is taken, usually through smoking, snorting, or injecting, this effect happens.

The levels of methamphetamine that might be in the air because of passive exposure are much lower than what would be necessary to produce a noticeable high. Furthermore, unlike marijuana smoke, which can be passively taken into the body, methamphetamine does not possess the same chemical qualities or traits that would make this possible. So, can you get a contact high from meth? Overall, it is not likely, but that doesn’t mean exposure doesn’t pose its own risks.

The Dangers of Second-Hand Meth Exposure

Second-hand exposure is a significant concern for those who find themselves in an environment where meth is being manufactured or abused. Even while direct ingestion continues to be the most potent way to experience meth's effects, people who are exposed to its fumes or residue still run the danger of getting sick. For instance, meth labs emit hazardous gasses and dangerous substances into the air throughout the production process. This has even been seen to escalate into full-blown explosions that devastate entire communities. Unknowingly, anyone who is near these areas runs the risk of breathing in the hazardous compounds in the air.

Meth exposure symptoms can differ depending on the length and severity of the exposure, the person's age, general health, and the environment in which the exposure takes place. It is important to stay vigilant of the potential health risks involved and why being able to identify them can prevent serious issues from arising.

Symptoms of meth exposure can include:

  • Respiratory issues: People who have been exposed to meth fumes usually experience breathing issues, coughing, and shortness of breath. People who already have respiratory issues may find these symptoms particularly alarming.
  • Nervous system disturbances: Meth exposure's impact on the central nervous system is another cause for concern, causing symptoms like headaches, migraines, and dizziness. Confusion or disorientation may occur in more serious situations.
  • Skin and eye irritation: Meth residue or fumes can irritate the skin and produce redness. Furthermore, eye exposure might cause irritation, redness, and watery eyes.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Methamphetamine fumes can cause gastrointestinal distress, which can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort.
  • Cardiovascular effects: Affected individuals may notice changes in their blood pressure and heart rate, which could be especially dangerous for those who already have cardiovascular issues.

It's important to consider that there hasn't been much research on the long-term effects of second-hand exposure to meth. As a result, it's critical to treat any potential exposure symptoms seriously and get medical assistance right away if any appear.

Meth Addiction and Mental Health Treatment in Pompano

If you are worried that you have been exposed to meth, particularly because of a loved one that abuses it, it is crucial to get them the resources they need to address this problem. Banyan’s Pompano Beach drug rehab is equipped with a meth addiction treatment program that can give those struggling the support necessary to make monumental changes in their life. Patients also have the chance to address any mental health challenges that could be contributing to their addiction via our effective therapy program options.

Call Banyan at 888-280-4763 to learn about how our Pompano Beach Treatment Center can help your loved one heal from meth abuse and addiction.

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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.